Heart patients get new hope
KAMPALA â€” President Yoweri Museveni pledged to fully fund the Mulago Heart Institute to end the burden of seeking funds to take patients to India for operations, health minister Jim Muhwezi said last week. Museveni wants a report on operations and costs of the institute in order to get funds. The Deputy director of the Institute, Jackson Orem, said the centre received four invasive monitors, two infusion pumps and four syringe pumps worth $120,000 (sh222m) from the Children National Medical Centre, Washington DC.
Soroti doctors use candles
SOROTI â€” Doctors in Soroti Regional Referral Hospital use torches and candles during operations in wards whenever power goes off. The hospital superintendent, Dr. Bernard Odu on Monday said the hospital lacks fuel to run standby generators. â€œPower cuts have more than doubled and yet the fuel budget provision did not follow suit,â€ Odu said.
Sub-county chiefs rapped
GULU â€” District leaders have rapped sub-county leaders for leaving the NGOs to take the lead in the health sector in their sub counties. The LC5 vice chairman, Paul Ojok Kerobino said the fight against HIV/AIDS in IDP camps and sub-counties should be spearheaded by government not NGOs as is the case. Kerobino was speaking at the launch of the World Visionâ€™s five year HIV/AIDS home based care at Pece in Gulu town recently.
UN, Africa to fight bird flu
AFRICA â€” United Nations agencies and 45 African countries agreed last week to expand health and veterinary surveillance in a coordinated offensive against bird flu. A joint declaration at the end of the continentâ€™s biggest bird flu summit in Libreville, Gabon, said each country needed to implement internationally approved measures to fight the disease in birds and in the event of a human pandemic. However, the declaration was thin on detail of how the upgrading of medical and veterinary monitoring should be funded â€” a key concern for most African countries.